WhidbeyHealth Board Selects Interim CEO


The Whidbey Island Public Hospital District (WhidbeyHealth) Board of Commissioners announced Wednesday, February 23rd that they have selected HealthTechS3 Management as the district’s partnered management services provider. Pending Board appointment, HealthTechS3 will position seasoned CEO, Michael Layfield as the district’s interim Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Ron Telles. Mr. Layfield will tentatively begin work at the district next week. The Board elected to end its contract with Mr. Telles, who agreed to remain acting CEO until an interim replacement has been identified.

Mr. Layfield is a Hospital CEO with over thirty-five (35) years of experience in the Health Care Industry. He has worked in for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals as Regional Vice President, CEO and CFO, focusing on quality care, patient experience, employee culture, provider engagement, and financial results. He is a leader and champion of innovation and health reform, leading three (3) hospital turnarounds, and has spent the last fifteen (15) years in critical access hospitals.

“The Board and I are confident that HealthTech is the right partnership to help turn around the district’s financial position,” remarked Ron Wallin, Board President. “They have a track record of successfully supporting integrated critical access health care systems, while ensuring strategic goals and patient experience needs are met.” The Board conducted management service provider interviews during the February 23rd Special Board Meeting. The Board was joined by Chief of Staff, Dr. Lemme, Interim Chief Financial Officer, Jim Childers, Executive Director of Facilities and Plant Engineering, Tim Waldner, and Executive Director of Nursing, Curtis Shumate, who participated in the interview process.

The Whidbey Island Public Hospital District’s Board of Commissioners is comprised of five (5) elected officials, representing the different geographic areas of Whidbey Island, WA. The Board is responsible for strategic direction and financial oversight of the district. They meeting monthly and act as liaisons between the hospital and the community.


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